Houston CISO Inner Circle

March 1, 2023 | The Bell Tower on 34th

March 1, 2023
The Bell Tower on 34th

Collaborate with your peers

Join Houston's top CISOs for an intimate networking dinner and facilitated discussion on key business challenges. Enjoy a relaxed evening of dinner and drinks with your peers to share best practices, make new connections and build professional relationships.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CISOs today:

Strategies for Establishing Cyber Judgment

Effective Communication and Balance of Risk, Value and Cost

Nurturing a Cyber Risk-Aware Culture

Houston CISO Governing Body

The Governing Body Co-Chairs shape the discussion topics and agenda, ensuring that all content is driven by CISOs, for CISOs.

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Mike Coogan

Waste Management
Senior Director, Cybersecurity

Derek Rude

Director, IT Security

Genady Vishnevetsky

Stewart Title Company


March 1, 2023

4:30pm - 5:30pm  Executive Networking Reception

5:30pm - 7:00pm  Discussion Topics

Enabling Digital Cyber-Risk Management

Raj Samani headshot

Raj Samani

Senior Vice President & Chief Scientist


Mike Coogan headshot

Mike Coogan

Senior Director, Cybersecurity

Waste Management

Diego Souza headshot

Diego Souza

Global Chief Information Security Officer


Muni Chatarpal headshot

Muni Chatarpal

Chief Information Security Officer

Patterson-UTI Energy

James Parks headshot

James Parks

Global Cyber Security Manager

Newpark Resources

Cherryl Freeman headshot

Cherryl Freeman

Director IT Security and Compliance

Enterprise Products Partners

A growing number of companies are willing to increase their risk appetites to get ahead in the wake of unpredictable environments and innovative technologies’ potential to provide competitive advantages. CISOs must evolve more thoughtful risk-based vendor relationships, add requests for evidence of security controls, shift to resilience-based thinking, and work to get ahead of coming regulations.

CISOs should identify and proactively manage future risks by notifying decision-makers about new security strategies, norms, and technologies. It is imperative that relationships continue to evolve with senior leadership outside IT and security to ensure effective communication of organizational risk. Lastly, tracking and addressing skills gaps with creative talent management practices will help cybersecurity leaders stay ahead of the curve.

Strategies for Establishing Cyber Judgment

  • How are you equipping decision-makers throughout the organization to independently make informed risk decisions rather than relying on automation?
  • Many CISOs have turned toward the organization of cyber fusion teams to operate in a more product-centric way. What strategies to embed security within the organization have you tried? How are you changing mindsets and workflows?
  • What methods have you found effective when communicating the balance of risk, value and cost?

Nurturing a Cyber Risk-Aware Culture

  • Have you built a formal security behavior and culture program that targets end-users, executive leadership, and the board? How have you done this? What benefits are you seeing?
  • What sort of roles are you hiring for in the coming year? Are they more business focused or technology/security focused?
  • How are you involving business leaders around cyber decision making to ensure joint responsibility?

7:00pm - 7:30pm  Networking Break

Networking Break with Old Fashioned Bar

During the Networking Break we'll open up a dedicated Old Fashioned Bar, complete with a selection of whiskeys (Blanton’s, Angel’s Envy, and Woodford Reserve).

7:30pm - 8:45pm  Summary Discussion & Dinner

8:45pm - 9:30pm  Social Hour

Social Hour

After discussion concludes, stay for conversation, drinks and desserts — including a dedicated Old Fashioned bar and a churro cart! 

We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming in-person gathering

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